autopsy

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From New Latin autopsia, from Ancient Greek αὐτοψῐ́ᾱ (autopsíā, seeing with one's own eyes).

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autopsy (plural autopsies)

  1. A dissection performed on a cadaver to find possible cause(s) of death.
  2. An after-the-fact examination, especially of the causes of a failure.
    • 1977, National Science Foundation (U.S.), ‎Washington State University. Computer Science Dept, Proceedings of Conference on Computers in the Undergraduate Curricula (issue 8)
      This lack of built-in clutter makes the system easy to comprehend. Debugging facilities are few but powerful: snapshots, tracing, and autopsy.
  3. (rare) An eyewitness observation, the presentation of an event as witnessed.

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  • The term necropsy is usually used for non-human animals, with autopsy reserved for human beings.

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autopsy (third-person singular simple present autopsies, present participle autopsying, simple past and past participle autopsied)

  1. (transitive) To perform an autopsy on.
  2. (transitive) To perform an after-the-fact analysis of, especially of a failure.
    • 1977, National Science Foundation (U.S.), ‎Washington State University. Computer Science Dept, Proceedings of Conference on Computers in the Undergraduate Curricula (issue 8)
      The user may define his own errors, and use DUMPAL to autopsy the system for him.

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